ST. CHARLES – Former St. Charles District 303 School Board President James Gaffney, Jr. is among the recipients of District 303's Distinguished Alumni Award for 2019.
The award is presented by the district in conjunction with the Distinguished Alumni Award Committee and the St. Charles Education Foundation. It is given to nominees who graduated from District 303 and have demonstrated a high level of achievement in their field of endeavor or in their contributions to their community.
The 2019 recipients are Gaffney, Jr., Dr. Rachel Kruzan and Marci Miller Jobson. Gaffney Jr. graduated from St. Charles High School in 1965. In the 1970s, he founded Gaffney Electric, a successful St. Charles business that employed many local residents.
During his 13 years on the District 303 School Board, Gaffney Jr. served as board president and business services committee chairman, according to a news release from District 303. He was part of a board that worked to provide the best for its students with technology upgrades, safe and secure learning environments and upgraded transportation services.
In addition to serving on the board, Gaffney Jr. was elected trustee of the Fox River and Countryside Fire/Rescue District in 2013. He served as board president from 2010 to 2015.
Other activities included being a paid on-call firefighter for the St. Charles Fire Department, a board member of the Private Bank and Trust, a Shriner and a member of the Lions Club.
Dr. Rachel Kruzan graduated from St. Charles North High School in 2004 before attending University of Notre Dame and Rush Medical Center. She completed her internal medicine training and chief year at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, the release stated.
Kruzan is an internal medicine physician at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland, with a focus in urban health primary care and advocating for underserved populations. She serves as the associate track director of the Internal Medicine Urban Health Residency program at Hopkins.
She is an advocate for the Latino immigrant population in Baltimore, where she has led “Lay Health” discussions in Spanish, organized well-being fairs and translated documents for Spanish-speaking patients, according to the release. Kruzan also fights to end health disparities outside of her community, with prior op-ed publication in USA Today, and engagement in larger efforts for achieving health equity at a national and global level.
Marci (Miller) Jobson graduated from St. Charles High School in 1994 where, as a standout soccer athlete, she was named a two-time high school All-American and lead the Saints to two state championships. Johnson mentored and trained a generation of players that led the St. Charles High School Girls’ soccer program to a #1 national ranking and eight state championships within a decade.
Jobson attended and played college soccer for the nationally ranked University of Wisconsin–Madison and Southern Methodist University. After her successful college career ended, she played professionally in the United States and Europe.
She was the head coach of two division one soccer programs having served as head coach at Northern Illinois University, where she led the Huskies to a pair of Mid-American Conference appearances and improved the program's win total each year.
The 2019 recipients will be recognized at the St. Charles Education Foundation’s Gala on April 6 at the Baker Hotel. Tickets for the event may be purchased by going to stced.org.